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Supervisors Reorganize Leadership Roles; Rogers Becomes Chairman

MADERA — Board of Supervisors Chairman Brett Frazier, of District 1, passed the gavel to fellow (District 2) Supervisor Dave Rogers Tuesday morning at the board’s annual reorganization, which takes place at the first meeting of the new year. Rogers officially assumed the chairman’s role for 2020. District 3 Supervisor Rob Poythress became chairman pro-tem. District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler ...

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Wheeler Outlines Top Priorities for 2020

AHWAHNEE — District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler thinks 2020 is going to be “another up year” for eastern Madera County. “The last two or three years have been really good ones for us,” Wheeler said this week from his ranch in Ahwahnee. “Our budget’s been up. Our economy is up. Unemployment is low. We’re among the top ten counties in ...

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2019: An Eventful Year for Eastern Madera County

MOUNTAIN AREA — From progress on major new public and commercial projects to prosecution of high-profile criminal cases, 2019 was an eventful year in eastern Madera County. As 2020 dawns, here’s a look back at some of this year’s key stories. North Fork’s new roundabout: After several years of heated debate, Madera County’s first public roundabout was approved by the ...

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End of an Era: Fleming Out as Madera County CAO

MADERA — Madera County’s chief administrative officer resigned Friday amid escalating accusations by County employees of a hostile work environment at the County Government Center. Fleming’s resignation was announced Friday afternoon following a closed session of Madera County’s board of supervisors, which Fleming did not attend. “The board has approved Eric Fleming’s resignation agreement and release,” said Board Chair Brett ...

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Wet Weather Delays Completion of NF Roundabout

NORTH FORK — Mother Nature has tapped the brakes on North Fork’s highly anticipated new roundabout. The recent series of storms — including a rare “bomb cyclone” — has forced contractors on the job to slow the pace of work, according to Ahmad Alkhayyat, Madera County’s director of public works. Construction of Madera County’s first public roundabout began in mid-June ...

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Updated: Supervisors Choose Inmate Health Care Provider

MADERA — The Madera County Board of Supervisors held a rare special meeting Monday to choose a health care services provider for adult and juvenile inmates in county correctional facilities. The special meeting began at 8:30 a.m. at the County Government Center in Madera. (Supervisors will not hold their regular meeting on Tuesday this week because they will be traveling ...

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Winter Weather Blankets Mountain Area

NORTH FORK — Mountain area residents awoke Wednesday morning to a chilly, wintry landscape, with the season’s first dusting of snow creating challenging travel conditions but a scenic backdrop for the Thanksgiving holiday. Residents in the North Fork and O’Neals area reported more than an inch of the fluffy white stuff had fallen overnight but as Wednesday morning dawned, the ...

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Lifesaving Equipment Now on Order, Thanks to Community’s Generosity

OAKHURST – At Sierra Ambulance’s office in Oakhurst on Thursday (Nov.21) four checks totaling $19,000 were presented by Cedar Valley, Ahwanhee, North Fork and Oakhurst Volunteer Fire Stations – bringing the total amount donated to $80,000, which Sierra Ambulance needed to raise in order to purchase an oxygen generator. Edward Guzman, general manager of Sierra Ambulance, said he’s been touched ...

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PG&E, National Weather Service Monitoring Storm Conditions for Sierra

Ponderosa trees covered in snow

OAKHURST – Winter weather is making its way toward California and Eastern Madera County. Mountain community residents are urged to prepare for possible power outages and travel delays. In a press release dated November 17th, PG&E announced they are “monitoring a mid-week potentially strong offshore wind event” that “could prompt a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) for customers in Sierra ...

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